This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the theme this year is “Two Ways Out.” When fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames within minutes. “Fires are burning hotter and faster than they ever did before because of the products that we have in our house,” says Goodwill Fire Chief Brian Bastinelli.
It is important to have a home fire escape plan so families can react fast and get out quick. It’s important to have two ways out in case one way is blocked.
- Make a plan with everyone in the household. This includes inspecting all possible exits and escape routes. Everyone should have two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
- Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. They should be checked monthly and batteries should be changed twice a year.
- Parents should make sure routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
- Parents should practice a fire safety plan with their children on a monthly basis.
For more information on the Goodwill Fire Company: http://www.goodwill19.com/news/index/layoutfile/home
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